When touring the northwestern National Forests it does pay to stop and smell the roses along the way. Many of the two lane highways that wind their way through the deep forested mountains actually are official scenic byways, which offer a chance to experience many points of interest between planned destinations. When a scenic byway marker is seen, pulling off the road to type the name of the touring route in a search engine will reveal information about what lies in store up ahead. Some of the scenic byways even have roadside information kiosks that list points of interest, which are a real plus when looking for things to do.
U.S. Highway 12 is a busy summer season tourism route that runs between Yakima, Washington and Mt Rainier National Park. This highway is also known as the White Pass Scenic Byway, so as can be imagined, there are plenty of majestic landscapes to experience along the way. There are many unique points of interest to keep an eye out for too and one of the best is the Clear Creek Falls Overlook in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. From the cliff top perch, the entire length of this big waterfall can be seen and the white water gliding way down to the bottom of the canyon truly is mesmerizing. For photographers, this is a great place to use a neutral density filter and a tripod to add an artistic touch to a wall hanger capture!
There is plenty to see and do in the Clear Creek Falls scenic area, which is located next to Dog Lake and a roadside National Forest campground. This is a premium wildlife viewing area where elk, eagles and ospreys are commonly encountered, so be sure to keep the camera ready for one of those once in a lifetime photos. There are endless summer adventures awaiting in this region and all it takes is just one look at Clear Creek Falls to heighten the experience!
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